Zymar

Generic Name: Gatifloxacin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Zymar is an antibiotic eye drop that is used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") caused by certain strains of bacteria.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Zymar works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Zymar has been shown to eliminate the bacteria causing pink eye. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Zymar may help relieve symptoms of pink eye such as redness, swelling, itching, burning, and discharge of mucus/pus.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Zymar exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Zymar. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. It is important that you use Zymar exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: eye irritation, increased tearing of your eye, swelling and redness of your eyelid or front part of your eye.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Zymar may cause allergic reactions (such as rash) or increase your risk of another infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Zymar if you are allergic or sensitive to it or similar antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zymar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Apply one drop every 2 hours in the affected eye(s) while awake up to eight times daily on Days 1 and 2. On Days 3 through 7, apply one drop up to four times daily while awake.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Zymar exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Zymar without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Zymar.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you experience signs and symptoms of pink eye while you are using Zymar.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Zymar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Zymar with caffeine, cyclosporine, theophylline, or warfarin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Zymar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Zymar, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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